Tour of California LIVE - Stage 8

2009 Tour of California, Stage 7:  Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R La Mondiale), far left, edges out Hayden Roulston (Cervelo TestTeam), far right.  Pieter Weening (Rabobank) finished third.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/

2009 Tour of California: Rinaldo Nocentini and podium girls after Stage 7 to Pasadena.
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/

2009 Tour of California:  "Have you seen a large bus with the word 'ASTANA' printed on the sides?
I was sure we left it here this morning." (The bus pulled out before Levi Leipheimer returned
from the post-race press conference.)
photo Copyright © Laura Alber/


 Notes:  (latest notes always appear at the top)

Race leader Levi Leipheimer (Astana) at the start in
Rancho Bernardo this morning.
photo Copyright © Carlos Rico/

Lance Armstrong (Astana) rides to the start line of Stage 8.
photo Copyright © Carlos Rico/

- Eurosport live audio feeds now playing the Tour of California.  So you now have the option of muting the audio on the Tour Tracker and listening to David Harmon and Brian Smith instead, if you prefer.

- Tour of California LIVE now on too.  Live coverage on Versus is scheduled to begin in about 15 minutes, at 5pm U.S. Eastern.

- Thanks to everyone who sent in predictions for the Solvang TT.  We will select and notify the winner of the Dauphine Libere poster in the next day or two.

- Pasadena report by "The 3 Riders of the Apocalypse Featuring Christy Craig" here.  (RV parking, the Astana train, new friends, and wearing antlers.)

- Tour of California Tour Tracker now streaming the race live.  Text tickers are also live.

- Yesterday's sprint battle in Pasadena between Rinaldo Nocentini and Hayden Roulston required a rare angle to really capture the action at the line.  As far as I know, our own Laura Alber (who used to shoot Oakland Raiders NFL football) is the only credentialed photographer to have nailed the shot.  (photo above)  Fantastic shot, Laura!  -Pete

- More Tour of California video highlights to come.

- Today's Tour of California Stage 8 departs Rancho Bernardo at 12:00pm PST (3pm U.S. Eastern, 21:00 CET).  Live video streaming on the Tour Tracker should begin at that time.

2009 Tour of California video highlights

Amgen Stage 5 Recap (04:36) ABC KFSN
Amgen Stage 5 begins in Visalia (04:38) ABC KFSN
Amgen Tour Cycling Through the Valley (05:16) ABC KFSN
Amgen Tour Hits the Central Valley
(Includes Levi's crash) (02:34)
Stage 3:  Amgen Racers Reach the Valley (03:23) ABC KFSN
Stage 3: Cyclists deal with stormy weather (01:13) NBC KNTV11
Armstrong, Tour cross Golden Gate


Tour of California wallpaper, in the Wallpapers section

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Photos Copyright © Pete Geyer/

- Welcome to our live coverage guide for the 2009 Tour of California.

2009 Tour of California
February 14-22
(Tour de Californie)
Official Website
Start List

 Stage 8 starts at 12:00pm PST
  (Finish between 3:34pm-4:43pm PST)

Rancho Bernardo

 Escondido weather

Live video streaming:

(Tour Tracker includes
live streaming video)

(San Francisco)


(more video links to come if available)


Live audio streaming:

Deutsch - Español
Français - Italiano
Check schedule

Live tickers:

Johan Bruyneel tweets
from the Astana team car

News and photos:

(cycling news)
Yahoo photo gallery (AP/AFP)

Graham Watson
Tour of California Photo Gallery


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